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Ratings: Paul Pogba was the Man of the Match against Huddersfield Town; Angel Gomes cameo was great for him…

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. Nemanja Matic scored the opening goal, then a brace by Paul Pogba in the second half. Zanka got a late consolation for the visitors in the 88th minute. Angel Gomes got himself ten minutes of first team football under his belt, which will be both beneficial to him and United. Bournemouth visits Old Trafford next…

It has been a good start to life at Old Trafford for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Two games, two wins, six points, eight goals scored but two conceded. It shows that there is still work to do at the Theatre of Dreams. United have talented players and that has started to show in the last two matches. When United are back to full strength with Romelu Lukaku back and firing, Anthony Martial doing his thing and Alexis Sanchez given a chance to show his worth, this team could be on point.

Paul Pogba was the MOTM in the victory over Huddersfield Town. He seems to have stepped up his game, showing more in the last 180 minutes of football than he has all season. It is a shame he decided to be anti-professional as that has left a bad taste in the mouth of many supporters, a bad taste that may never leave. However, as long as he performs 100% each game and continues to wear the shirt, he will be supporters by the Old Trafford faithful.

It was great to see Angel Gomes get ten minutes under his belt at Old Trafford. He’s played fewer than five minutes in two appearances previously, so this will help him continue on his quest for more first team football. The talent is there and it could be seen at U18, U19 and now at U23 level football. If he can continue to rise to the challenge, it may not be long before he is contending with other players for a place in the first team.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Pulled off a great save to deny Depoitre. Unable to keep a clean sheet, but as the win was in the bag, so were the three points.

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Diogo Dalot

Played an attacking game, his first under Solakjaer. Missed a sitter, which could have put United 2-0 up at the time. Was substituted early in the second half.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Iceman has risen to the occasion this season. He provoked the flick which set Matic up to score his first goal of the season. Calm and assured in defence. As well as solid.

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4 Phil Jones

Solid in defence, just like Lindelof. Did what he needed to keep Depoitre at bay. If he can keep performing like this, also avoiding injury, it might be what United need at the back.

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23 Luke Shaw

Could have provided more attacking support for United as they really missed Martial today. He did what he needed to do at the right times though.

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17 Fred

Not convinced by the Brazilian yet. Booked in the first half and hooked in the second. Needs more time on the pitch to find his feet but with some of his play today, that is not going to buy him time.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian has been decent under Solskjaer. His form was tiring under Mourinho. His tap-in is what United needed today, to get them off the mark.

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8 Juan Mata

His passes were great today. Some of them carved Huddersfield open. Mata is the type of player needed to unlock the best of any team. Definitely a player to build the team around. A successor to Mata will also be needed, otherwise he's going to be a big loss when he's gone.

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6 Paul Pogba

MOTM. Two goals. A decent performance for the Frenchman. However, he needs to do this more often. Looks happy, which is a confidence builder. Only more to come from the Frenchman.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Played well with Pogba and Mata, all behind Rashford. He was lively but perhaps did not have the say in the game as he did against Cardiff. However, performing like that all the times requires a top level footballer. Lingard could get there.

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10 Marcus Rashford

His pace and skill had Huddersfield snookered at times. He is the best attacker at the club right now. He's in form and playing well and seemingly full of confidence. The rise of Rashford is going to be a great one.

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Substitutes

18 Ashley Young

Replaced Dalot 54'. The veteran got forward at times but never really created anything.

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21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Fred 54'. The Spanish midfielder did not get as much of the ball as he might have been expected to. He did set up Pogba's second goal with some good reading of the game.

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28 Angel Gomes

Replaced Mata 80'. Had a ten minute cameo. Forced a save from Lossl in his time on the pitch. Good to see him trusted with ore minutes on the pitch. This is the only way the young players learn. It will be a great feeling for him to take part in this new era of football at United.

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Goals: Nemanja Matic 28′, Paul Pogba 64′, 78′; Zanka 88′

Assists: Ander Herrera 64′, Jesse Lingard 78′; Steve Mounie 88′

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot (Young 54′), Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Fred (Herrera 54′), Matic; Mata (Gomes 80′), Pogba, Lingard; Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly; Pereira, Fellaini

Bookings: Fred 30′; Elias Kachunga 22′

Report: Nemanja Matic and a brace from Paul Pogba sank Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on Boxing Day

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. Nemanja Matic scored the opening goal, then a brace by Paul Pogba in the second half. Zanka got a late consolation for the visitors in the 88th minute. Angel Gomes got himself ten minutes of first team football under his belt, which will be both beneficial to him and United. Bournemouth visits Old Trafford next…

United got the game underway with the kick off and immediately aimed to get forward and attack their opposition. Fred then gave the ball away in a poor position with Isaac Mbenza picking up the loose ball but his shot on goal was rising over the crossbar. Huddersfield had a good start in the opening stages, pressuring United high up the pitch, aiming to force errors. It was United that needed to be doing more of that in this game.

United had a better spell of possession heading into the sixth minute of the match. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was stood on the touchline pushing his side to drive them forward. A few minutes later, United were still in control of the ball, however, not in attacking areas, which is where they needed to be in order to take first blood. In the tenth minute, Jesse Lingard flicked the ball through for Juan Mata but he got too much on it and Jonas Lossl gathered the ball easily.

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Huddersfield had a chance in the 12th minute with Terence Kongolo on the end of a flick after a long throw seemed to have caused a problem in United’s area. Kongolo could only blaze his shot over the crossbar from six yards. United then started to play some better football after Fred picked out Mata, whose cross into Marcus Rashford was a little out of range with Rashford struggling to get his head on the ball. Lingard then picked up a loose ball but his eventual shot was straight to Lossl.

Alex Pritchard whipped in a decent free-kick in the 18th minute but Fred was standing in the way of the ball gaining ground and pressuring United. The Brazilian midfielder hooked the ball clear. United need to change gear and actually get going in this game. Huddersfield seems to have it in them to cause problems and their confidence will only grow as the game draws on. Mata then looked for Luke Shaw on the left but fired the ball out of play instead.

In the 22nd minute of the game, the first card was shown with Elias Kachunga taking Rashford out, earning one of the most obvious yellow cards of the season so far. United did not do anything with the free-kick and Huddersfield took possession of the ball. United did win a throw-in, able to then keep possession and launch an attack into the opposition area. Fred was starting to find comfort, passing the ball around in midfield, on the attack. However, Huddersfield were always quick to close the space down.

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Rashford played a backheel for Paul Pogba in the 26th minute of the match, a few minutes after the visiting supporters were asking “is this a library”. Pogba elected to shoot form a tight angle but it was just another easy save for Lossl. United won a free-kick in the 28th minute of the match but the ball is deflected and out for a corner. United managed to get something from the game from the set-piece with Nemanja Matic tapping the ball into an empty net inside the same minute. United were 1-0 up.

Fred was booked for a challenge in the 30th minute after a follow through. The Brazilian, despite showing some passing ability, has struggled in the game so far. I’m not sure he is Manchester United material. Huddersfield had a chance through Pritchard in the 32nd minute, from a free-kick, which was fired into the middle but Diogo Dalot headed clear at the back post. Pogba then had a chance to shoot, from ranger two minutes later, passing his first opportunity, taking the second, which was straight to Lossl.

Mbenza tried to dash down the right flank but the cross was poor which led to David De Gea coming out to gather the ball. Shaw then broke down the left, pulled the ball back for Mata, whose effort was goalbound by blocked behind for a corner. United nearly had a second in the 40th minute of the game after Rashford beat his man on the left, creating some space and then fired a cross into the box for Dalot, whose shot was wide of the target. It was some great play created by Rashford.

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In the 42nd minute of the match, Rashford had a go at goal himself but he dragged his shot off target. In the final minute of normal time, Dalot broke forward on the right, played a cross into the box which was punched clear by Lossl before it found a teammate. A minute of time was added at the end of the half, which United had dominated, despite a poor start. Huddersfield had a shot just before half-time, hitting the side netting. The first half ended with United 1-0 in the lead.

There were no changes for either team at the start of the second half. Huddersfield started well after Laurent Depoitre had an acrobatic effort which was never going to find the target. In the 49th minute, Rashford was fouled and stayed down with Huddersfield playing on, despite jeers from the crowd for the opposition players to put the ball out of play. Rashford seemed fine to continue though.

Huddersfield broke quickly in the 51st minute with Philip Billing feeding Depoitre, who cut inside. Mbenza arrived, took the ball off his teammate before firing a fierce effort on goal which was blocked by Matic. Huddersfield then had another chance a minute later after Pritchard fed the ball for Kachunga but the final ball flew over the crossbar. Solskjaer had seen enough and put through a double substitution with Fred and Dalot being replaced by Ander Herrera and Ashley Young.

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David Wagner made his first substitution in the 56th minute with Chris Lowe on for Kachunga. Matic threaded a lovely pass into Rashford in the 58th minute but his strike was blocked by the visitors. In the 60th minute, Young fired a free-kick into the middle by Pogba was unable to get his head on the ball and it went out of play for a goal kick. De Gea was forced to make a save in the 62nd minute after a flicked effort from Depoitre which seemed to be heading for the top corner.

Huddersfield made a second substitution in the 64th minute with Colin Quaner replacing Mbenza. United doubled their lead in the same minute as Pogba buried his effort into the back of the net after Mata kept the ball in the box, Herrera kept the ball in the box, passing to Pogba to get the assist. It was a great team goal for United and one they needed to get into the back of the net to take the pressure off them. Could there be another goal in the game yet?

Shaw had a fierce strike on goal in the 68th minute but it was straight to Lossl with United still on the hunt for a third goal in this game. There is plenty of time for United to get something, also time for Angel Gomes to be given a rare opportunity with no other attacking players on the bench. In the 70th minute, Phil Jones made a timely interception with Quaner lurking in the area with intent to get something back for the visitors, however, that was not coming.

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Huddersfield had another opportunity after both Shaw and Lingard made a mess of clearing the ball but they got away with it. Quaner failed to capitalise. In the 74th minute, Wagner made his final substitution with Depoitre being replaced by Steve Mounie. United slowed the game down in the 76th minute after some pressure from the visitors. Pogba made it 3-0 with a great strike into the back of the net, assisted by Lingard. Solskjaer then made his final substitution with Angel Gomes replacing Mata.

It is great to see 18-year-old Gomes get a few minutes under his belt at Old Trafford. He’s previously played around four minutes in two appearances, getting ten minutes today will help him further his career at the club, which will be great to see as he really does have bags of talent but needs to keep himself grounded at the same time. Huddersfield, after some pressure, got a consolation goal in the 88th minute of the match through Zanka.

Three minutes were played at the end of the second half. Rashford was still chasing everything down and sliding into challenges to win the ball in advanced areas. United failed to keep a clean sheet but the victory was theirs before Huddersfield scored. It was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home win of the season, two wins in two so far. United will entertain Bournemouth at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday and after a massive 5-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, they might not look forward to it.

Goals: Nemanja Matic 28′, Paul Pogba 64′, 78′; Zanka 88′

Assists: Ander Herrera 64′, Jesse Lingard 78′; Steve Mounie 88′

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot (Young 54′), Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Fred (Herrera 54′), Matic; Mata (Gomes 80′), Pogba, Lingard; Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly; Pereira, Fellaini

Bookings: Fred 30′; Elias Kachunga 22′

Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford leads the line, supported by Mata, Pogba and Lingard; Gomes on the bench against Huddersfield Town

Manchester United return to Old Trafford today, this time facing Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. This will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second match in charge of the club, as the interim manager, his first at the Theatre of Dreams. At the weekend, United beat Cardiff City, Solskjaer’s former club (as manager) 5-1 with Cardiff’s consolation goal from the penalty spot. It was a great game of attacking football for United, and are we so glad to see that again after two and a half years of defensive football.

Huddersfield Town has been a tough club for United since coming into the Premier League last season. The first match, at the John Smith’s Stadium, was a shock 2-1 defeat for United. At Old Trafford, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez saw United victorious. A return to the John Smith’s Stadium followed this time in the Emirates FA Cup with United winning 2-0 again with a brace from Lukaku.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw;

Fred, Matic;

Mata, Pogba, Lingard;

Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Young; Pereira, Herrera, Fellaini, Gomes

United have met Huddersfield Town 48 times with United winning 22 times, drawing 15 times and losing just 11 times. The last defeat was in October last season. Before that, bearing in mind that before last season, the last time the two clubs faced each other was in 1972, the last defeat goes all the way back to 1952. In the last three recent matches, United have won two and lost once. Solskjaer and his team will need to make that three wins later today.

United will play again in four days, against Bournemouth at Old Trafford before travelling to Newcastle United on Wednesday 2 January 2019. After that, a third-round clash in the Emirates FA Cup, against Reading at Old Trafford will be forthcoming. The easier period of matches will be at an end with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on the horizon. United will have some time to build momentum and turn their poor season into a much better one. Come on UNITED!

Ratings: Lukaku MOTM in Huddersfield victory; Mata did well too

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening. It was Romelu Lukaku who scored both goals – the first in the third minute of the match, the second ten minutes into the second half. Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez assisted the goals. United could have scored another with Mata finding the back of the net at the end of the first half but VAR ruled it out.

Key Moments:

3′ Juan Mata found some space and passed a well-weighted ball to Romelu Lukaku, who beat his man, brushing him aside with ease, firing his shot into the corner of the net. United were 1-0 to the good inside three minutes.

45′ Juan Mata rolled the ball into the back of the net, which was empty after rounding Jonas Lossl. The linesman did not raise his flag but after a minute or so a VAR decision was made and the goal was disallowed as Mata’s knee was offside.

45+4′ Alexis Sanchez won a free-kick for United which resulted in Nemanja Matic volleying the ball into the back of the net – but the goal was the second in a few minutes to be ruled for offside.

55′ Romelu Lukaku scored his second goal of the game and his 21st goal of the season. Alexis Sanchez threaded a superb ball through to the Belgian, who kept his cool and slotted his shot past the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

90+3′ Eric Bailly made his long-awaited return to action after four months out of the game, replacing Romelu Lukaku but only having one touch of the ball, which is not really a problem. The main thing being Jose Mourinho has another defensive option as the UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday.

Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku

In a week where so-called United supporters were calling for Romelu Lukaku to be benched, sold even sacked, on social media anyway, the Belgian showed his class yet again to score a brace to see United earn a place in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup this season. Lukaku did not have the best of games early on, but when it mattered he broke forward twice to score the much-needed goals.

Lukaku has now scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, the same amount of goals as Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette combined. Lukaku has been a decent goalscorer this season as United have improved severely with him and other players this season. The media will tell you different though as United have not improved and are still rubbish. Now is the time to support your team.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian had a few moments which were quite nervy early in the first half. Kept a clean sheet though and had little to do for much of the game.

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18 Ashley Young

The player did not break forward as much as Valencia does. Not sure he's what Mourinho should be utilising after this season. United will have a better option in Fosu-Mensah. Played a good role in breaking forward for Mata's disallowed VAR goal.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender looked nervous but he last played some time ago. He's a ball playing defender and needs to get more time to build his confidence. Could partner Bailly well and together they could be just what United need.

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Chris Smalling

Played a lot better than he did against Newcastle last weekend. Put in a few important interventions. The back four seemed very nervy, which needs to change.

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23 Luke Shaw

Huddersfield made a lot of their changes through Shaw's position. Needs to play much better to cement his place in United's defence. He's the best left-back United have (the only left-back even). Should play ahead of Young.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian's passing was not the greatest but he did what was needed throughout the match. Could probably do with a rest but with Sevilla and Chelsea coming up, it may not be in the next week.

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16 Michael Carrick

A decent match by the club captain. Found his teammates with passes but United lacked some fluidity which Carrick will not be happy with.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Academy graduate worked hard and seemed up for this challenge. After Lukaku's opening goal, he seemed to want to get stuck into the match again, cutting the celebration short. He has the world at his feet but needs to find consistency to keep a permanent place in this team.

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8 Juan Mata

Played the ball to assist Lukaku's opener with a sublime ball. Scored a great second goal, but because of his patela, it was ruled offside by VAR, somewhat controversially.

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Romelu Lukaku

Man of the Match. His positioning before each goal was great. Scored his 20th and 21st goal for United this season - the same as Morata and Lacazette combined. Some United fans wanted him sold last weekend. The guy is class.

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Alexis Sanchez

rIt was a quiet first half for Sanchez and he left Shaw exposed at times, which is why Huddersfield were attacking on that side of the pitch. Had a better second half and played the ball for Lukaku's second goal.

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Substitutes

9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Sanchez 76'. Had a cameo. I think he will start against Sevilla on Wednesday. Got forward and tried to stretch Huddersfield but the game was already won before the substitutions.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Mata 80'. Came on for the last ten minutes. Did not change the gave but got involved.

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3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Lukaku 90+3'. Came on late replacing the Belgian who scored a brace in the match. Touched the ball once but his return means a lot more than his cameo this evening.

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Goals: Romelu Lukaku 3′, 55′

Assists: Juan Mata 3′, Alexis Sanchez 55′

Manchester United: Romero; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Carrick, McTominay; Mata (Lingard 80′), Lukaku (Bailly 90+3), Sanchez (Martial 76′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Darmian; Gomes, Hamilton

Report: Romelu Lukaku fires Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter final

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening. It was Romelu Lukaku who scored both goals – the first in the third minute of the match, the second ten minutes into the second half. Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez assisted the goals. United could have scored another with Mata finding the back of the net at the end of the first half but VAR ruled it out.

Jose Mourinho made many changes to his side after the defeat to Newcastle United last weekend. Sergio Romero replaced David De Gea, Ashley Young replaced Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof came in for Phil Jones, Luke Shaw came in at left-back – previously held by Young.

Michael Carrick replaced Paul Pogba as Nemanja Matic’s partner. Scott McTominay replaced Jesse Lingard. Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, and Alexis Sanchez would lead the attack. Mourinho also included Joel Pereira on the bench alongside both Angel Gomes and Ethan Hamilton, who both played last night.

United started the game well and were looking regain some form after the defeat to Newcastle last weekend. United took first blood in the game with Romelu Lukaku scoring in the third minute of the match. Juan Mata found some space, rolled a weighted ball to the Belgian with Lukaku beating his man, striking his shot into the corner of the net. Just a start United and Mourinho needed.

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Three minutes later Huddersfield had a chance through Tom Ince but he struck his shot too early and pulled it across the face of the goal. Huddersfield then started to pin United back in their own half, seemingly looking for a response from conceding the early goal. United then settled into the rhythm of the game with Michael Carrick starting to orchestrate his side.

United again started to become the second-best side in the game with Huddersfield getting forward, pressuring Luke Shaw in the home sides right-hand side of the pitch. Huddersfield had four shots in goal in the opening 15 minutes of the match with United having one and scoring it. United had a good chance in the 25th minute with Sanchez and Mata combining but it came to nothing.

In the 33rd minute of the match, United were being pressured again with Matic and Carrick getting moved all over the pitch with Huddersfield picking up the ball with Philip Billings from 30-yards and launching his effort towards the top corner with Romero making the catch look like an easy one. A few minutes later there was a bit of a lull in the game.

With four minutes of the half remaining, Sanchez tried to clip the ball into the path of Mata but the danger was cleared by the hosts. United scored a second through Mata in the last minute of the half and the linesman did not flag it up. A VAR decision was made and the goal was ruled out for offside as Mata’s knee was offside. United were still 1-0 to the good.

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Four minutes of stoppage time were played at the end of the first half, Matic volleyed Sanchez’s free-kick but it was another goal not given because of offside. United could have been three goals to the good at the end of the first half, not that it would be a deserved lead. Still, United went into the break 1-0 up and with all to play for in the second half.

At the start of the second half, there were no changes by either team. United broke forward but then Huddersfield attacked United’s half. In the 50th minute of the match, the home side won a free-kick at the edge of the box. Tom Ince took the free-kick but United cleared the threat with the home side pressuring with United making a block in the box to deny an attempt at an equaliser.

United scored their second goal of the game in the 55th minute of the match with Lukaku scoring his 21st goal of the season for his club. Huddersfield had played a high-line throughout the match and it was the second time they got caught out. Sanchez threaded a lovely pass to the Belgian, who stayed cool and put his low effort past the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

United had started to take more control of the game inside the last twenty minutes with Huddersfield seemingly starting to tire. In the 76th minute of the match, Mourinho made his first change with Anthony Martial replacing Sanchez. United made their second change in the 80th minute of the match with Jesse Lingard replacing Juan Mata.

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Huddersfield had the chance to get back into the game in the 84th minute of the match but United cleared the effort. United were seemingly though to the quarter-final draw, which will take place immediately after the match. Mourinho was readying Eric Bailly, who had returned to fitness ahead of this game after missing the last four or so months of action.

Bailly replaced Lukaku three minutes into stoppage time, making his long-awaited return to action which will boost Mourinho’s defensive options ahead of the important UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg away to Sevilla on Wednesday evening. United will find out who they will face on the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup shortly.

Key Moments:

3′ Juan Mata found some space and passed a well-weighted ball to Romelu Lukaku, who beat his man, brushing him aside with ease, firing his shot into the corner of the net. United were 1-0 to the good inside three minutes.

45′ Juan Mata rolled the ball into the back of the net, which was empty after rounding Jonas Lossl. The linesman did not raise his flag but after a minute or so a VAR decision was made and the goal was disallowed as Mata’s knee was offside.

45+4′ Alexis Sanchez won a free-kick for United which resulted in Nemanja Matic volleying the ball into the back of the net – but the goal was the second in a few minutes to be ruled for offside.

55′ Romelu Lukaku scored his second goal of the game and his 21st goal of the season. Alexis Sanchez threaded a superb ball through to the Belgian, who kept his cool and slotted his shot past the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

90+3′ Eric Bailly made his long-awaited return to action after four months out of the game, replacing Romelu Lukaku but only having one touch of the ball, which is not really a problem. The main thing being Jose Mourinho has another defensive option as the UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday.

Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku

In a week where so-called United supporters were calling for Romelu Lukaku to be benched, sold even sacked, on social media anyway, the Belgian showed his class yet again to score a brace to see United earn a place in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup this season. Lukaku did not have the best of games early on, but when it mattered he broke forward twice to score the much-needed goals.

Lukaku has now scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, the same amount of goals as Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette combined. Lukaku has been a decent goalscorer this season as United have improved severely with him and other players this season. The media will tell you different though as United have not improved and are still rubbish. Now is the time to support your team.

Match Statistics:

Goals: Romelu Lukaku 3′, 55′

Assists: Juan Mata 3′, Alexis Sanchez 55′

Manchester United: Romero; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Carrick, McTominay; Mata (Lingard 80′), Lukaku (Bailly 90+3), Sanchez (Martial 76′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Darmian; Gomes, Hamilton

Confirmed Starting XI: Lindelof and Shaw return; Gomes and Hamilton on the bench

Manchester United face Huddersfield Town for the third time this season in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup. At the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the season, Jose Mourinho’s side were beaten 2-1 – the first defeat in the Premier League this season. United will be looking to overcome that defeat by putting themselves into the last eight of the domestic competition this evening. United are looking to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League last weekend, which had seen a massive overreaction from fans and the media.

Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba will miss the match due to illness, just a day after confirming the Frenchman would be part of the team to travel to Huddersfield. Eric Bailly has boosted his side by returning to full fitness ahead of the match, which will be a welcome inclusion especially as United travel to face Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;

Matic, Carrick, McTominay;

Mata, Lukaku, Sanchez

Substitutes:

Pereira; Bailly, Darmian; Lingard, Gomes, Hamilton; Martial

Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have played 47 times in the history of both clubs. The first match was played on the 13th January 1912 – a 3-1 victory for United in the FA Cup. United have won 21 times, drawn 15 times and lost 11 times – the last earlier in the season in this fixture in the Premier League. United beat Huddersfield at the start of the month, a 2-0 victory with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez scoring the goals. United will need to bounce back from the defeat against Newcastle and overcome Huddersfield in this match to make the last eight of the FA Cup.

Ratings: Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku show their class in victory over Huddersfield

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was a goalless first half with United breaking the deadlock in the 55th minute through Romelu Lukaku, who scored his 19th goal of the season so far, assisted by Juan Mata. Alexis Sanchez won a penalty in the 68th minute, Jonas Lossl making the save but scoring the rebound.

Key Moments:

55′ Juan Mata slipped down the left, getting behind the fullback, putting in a superb cross into the box. Romelu Lukaku found the cross, had one touch of the ball, a tough which put it into the back of the net, beating Lossl into the bottom left corner.

68′ Alexis Sanchez won a penalty after Hefele fouled him in the box. The Chilean stepped up to take the penalty, seeing his effort thwarted by Lossl before banging in the rebound to score his first Manchester United goal.

Man of the Match: Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean made his first appearance at Old Trafford for his new club on Saturday afternoon. Whilst he did not have the best of times in the first half, he came out running in the second half and was the inspiration for United. His ability on the ball is going to be immense when he is fully settled in the side.

He seemed to be a target for the Huddersfield players, getting him on the ground after every challenge. Sanchez eventually won a penalty for his club, failing to score from the spot but following up on the rebound and opening his Manchester United account. In two games now, Sanchez has an assist and a goal, which is a great start. Long may it continue.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Tha Spanish number one made his 300th appearance for United today and was virtually a passenger in the match, seldom having to do much, which is not a bad thing. Kept United 15th clean sheet of the Premier League season too.

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25 Antonio Valencia

United's right-back had a good game and covered lots of ground as Mata drifted inside and he had to cover more of the flank. Van La Parra got the better of him at times though.

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Chris Smalling

Played a lot better than he did against Spurs. Seemed to have his problems with Depoitre. Got involved with a big tackle at the end of the first half. Comfortable game, defensively, for United.

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16 Marcos Rojo

The Argentinian benefited from the Spurs defeat coming in for Phil Jones, who was dropped. Made a headed clearance from one of the few Huddersfield attacks. Could be entrusted to form a partnership with Smalling, at least until Bailly is fit to play again.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back linked up with with Sanchez. Tracked back well when he lost the ball. An encouraging performance. Needs to play every game at left-back now.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Encouraged his midfield partner, McTominay. Seemed to return to form quietly, which is his thing. Does look like he needs a rest. United play a week on Sunday, so that should help.

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39 Scott McTominay

At least one manager at the top is trusting youth! McTominay did well today, despite suffering from two early fouls, one of which should have won a penalty for United. He has a big future ahead of him and Mourinho trusts him - which is great.

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8 Juan Mata

Played on the right-wing in a 4-2-3-1 but drifted inside, leaving Valencia to overlap. Put in a great cross for the first goal, also getting the assist.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Attacked from the whistle and broke through Huddersfield's defence a few times. However, he did not get to increase his tally this season, which has shown how good a player he is, despite the criticism.

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Alexis Sanchez

Man of the Match again, twice from three appearances. Could have scored earlier in the game after dribbling and nearly scoring. Won a penalty, missed but got the rebound to open his account. Seems to have been targeted a lot by his opposition though, but he plays on and has that extra attribute to inspire and make himself the headline.

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Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian seemed frustrated at times but scoring from Mata's cross gave him his 19th goal this season. When United settle, as they will need to change this archaic formation to play to the strengths of the players, it may all fall into place.

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Substitutes

6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Lingard 64'. Speculation said he was dropped because of a touchline argument at Wembley. I reckon it was to give him some rest. Played well when he came on.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Mata 71'. Did not really get involved in the game. Many said Sanchez would freeze him out, this proves the obsession in criticising Manchester United is still out there. Critics have to propel themselves by saying silly things as they need attention.

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9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Lukaku 77'. The Frenchman came on after the game was won. Played well but did not have enough time to shine.

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Goals: Romelu Lukaku 55′, Alexis Sanchez 68′

Assists: Juan Mata 55′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Matic, McTominay; Mata (Rashford 71′), Lingard (Pogba 64′), Sanchez; Lukaku (Martial 77′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Lindelof, Young; Carrick

Bookings: Juan Mata 27′, Alexis Sanchez 45+2′

Report: Lukaku and Sanchez both score to see off Huddersfield Town

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was a goalless first half with United breaking the deadlock in the 55th minute through Romelu Lukaku, who scored his 19th goal of the season so far, assisted by Juan Mata. Alexis Sanchez won a penalty in the 68th minute, Jonas Lossl making the save but scoring the rebound.

Jose Mourinho made a few changes from the side which were beaten at Wembley by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Paul Pogba was dropped to the bench and Phil Jones was dropped completely. David De Gea also made his 300th appearance for United. United held a minute’s silence for the Busby Babes and everyone else involved in the Munich Air Disaster, prior to commencing the match.

United started the game strongly, much better then they did at Wembley. Jesse Lingard collected a loose ball on the edge of the Huddersfield box in the sixth minute of the match, building the attack in the wide positions. Mata slipped the ball into Lingard but he ran the ball out of play with the linesman giving United a corner. A minute later, United were advancing again, pressuring the visitors.

In the ninth minute of the match, United, through Lingard, got through again, the Academy graduate forcing a save from Jonas Lossl to deny the home side from taking the lead. By the 13th minute of the match, Huddersfield had a bit of the ball, getting forward but seeing their chance to get back into the game thwarted after putting the ball out of play.

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Scott McTominay, playing ahead of Paul Pogba today, was fouled in the 15th minute by Philip Billing with United winning a free-kick from the foul. McTominay was fine to continue after the challenge. Rajiv van La Parra fouled Antonio Valencia a few minutes later and was told by the referee that it was his last foul before he was booked.

In the 19th minute of the match, McTominay was forward, winning the ball with his header then taken out by Terence Kongolo. It should have been a penalty to United as McTominay won the ball, Kongolo didn’t. McTominay, suffering his second foul of the game, was back on the pitch and ready to continue soon after the challenge.

In the 22nd minute, Juan Mata put a superb ball into the box for Luke Shaw who then tried to pass to Romelu Lukaku, who was inside the box but the ball was cleared. Lingard then won United a corner on the right side of the pitch. In the 24th minute, Van La Parra was down, seemingly injured on the left but as soon as the ball came towards him, he jumped up and started running. Magical recovery.

Alexis Sanchez had a chance to break the deadlock in the 26th minute of the match, receiving the ball on the edge of the box, cutting inside and unleashing his fierce effort towards the near post but Lossl managed to make the save. The Chilean could have opened his Manchester United account. Mata was then booked for a foul on Zanka – the second player to be booked in the match so far.

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Huddersfield made their first substitution of the match in the 35th minute with Billing coming off and former Manchester City player Aaron Mooy coming on. In the 36th minute, Lingard had a shot from range but Lossl made the save well. Huddersfield then won a corner at the other end, which came to nothing for the visitors.

In the 38th minute, Lingard again was causing some trouble for the visitors, him being allowed into the box and able to run around the keeper but a mixture of the angle and his dinked cross saw the ball collected by Lossl rather than breaking the deadlock in this game. United had another chance with five minutes of the half left, Mata and Lukaku trying to break the deadlock, which was denied.

Sanchez seems to be a player who does get some attention from the opposition as he is always being challenged and ends up on the ground. In the 44th minute of the match, he was deep in his own half winning a free-kick for a challenge on him. United seemingly need to be doing much better in this game, pushing relentlessly for that opening goal of the game.

United seem to have a distinct lack of width in this game and Huddersfield are so far, defending so deep. Two minutes were added on at the end of the half with United having some attacking momentum, just not enough to find a goal to break the deadlock. Sanchez was booked for a challenge in the latter stages of added time, just before the half ended. Still 0-0 at Old Trafford.

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At the start of the second half, Mourinho had made no changes with United coming out aiming to win the match. In the 47th minute of the match, Sanchez had another opportunity to open his account, his effort being blocked by Tommy Smith, who earned himself a booking for the block which saw Sanchez being fouled on the left flank.

United started the second half playing some good attacking football, pressuring Huddersfield from the whistle. Sanchez had been targeted for his ability to turn quickly, being brought down from time to time. The Chilean looked sharp though, despite being unable to create that moment of magic to change the game.

United broke the deadlock in the 55th minute of the match with Romelu Lukaku scoring his 19th goal of the season, assisted by Juan Mata with a great cross from the left flank. It just shows how much Mata has left to offer a team such as United and why Mourinho has activated the clause to keep him at the club for another year. Jonathan Hogg was booked in the 59th minute for a foul on Lingard.

Huddersfield made a second change of the game with Christopher Schindler being replaced by Michael Hefele. Around the 62nd minute mark, Mourinho was giving Paul Pogba some instructions with him getting ready to come on momentarily. The substitution was made in the 64th minute with Pogba replacing Lingard after Sanchez was fouled at the edge of the Huddersfield area.

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United won a penalty in the 68th minute of the match after Sanchez was fouled in the box. The Chilean took the penalty with Lossl making the save but Sanchez advancing and scoring the rebound to put United 2-0 up in the match which his first goal for United. In the 71st minute, Marcus Rashford replaced Mata with Mourinho making his second change of the game.

United were seemingly home and dry in this match, recovering from that humiliating 2-0 defeat to Spurs midweek. Manchester City drew 1-1 with Burnley earlier today, which will see the difference between the two clubs become 13 points, which is better than it could have been despite Mourinho already conceding the title to City this season. Mind games or has he really conceded it?

Mourinho made his third and final change in the 77th minute of the match with Anthony Martial replacing Lukaku with the Belgian leaving the pitch to a standing ovation by the Old Trafford faithful. Huddersfield made their final change in the 81st minute of the match with Tom Ince replacing Van La Parra.

United broke through in the 83rd minute of the match with Sanchez on the advance. He squared the ball for Pogba but it was just too far ahead of him to make the attack anything special. Huddersfield were able to make the clearance and breathe a little easier. In the 86th minute, David De Gea touched the ball for the first time in about half an hour.

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Two minutes from time, United were still thinking about scoring with Sanchez looking to find the space to shoot only to be ushered out of the box by Zanka. It did not stop United from attacking though and neither should it. There were three minutes added at the end of the match which ended in a routine victory for United. They now have a week before they face Newcastle United at St James Park.

Key Moments:

55′ Juan Mata slipped down the left, getting behind the fullback, putting in a superb cross into the box. Romelu Lukaku found the cross, had one touch of the ball, a tough which put it into the back of the net, beating Lossl into the bottom left corner.

68′ Alexis Sanchez won a penalty after Hefele fouled him in the box. The Chilean stepped up to take the penalty, seeing his effort thwarted by Lossl before banging in the rebound to score his first Manchester United goal.

Man of the Match: Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean made his first appearance at Old Trafford for his new club on Saturday afternoon. Whilst he did not have the best of times in the first half, he came out running in the second half and was the inspiration for United. His ability on the ball is going to be immense when he is fully settled in the side.

He seemed to be a target for the Huddersfield players, getting him on the ground after every challenge. Sanchez eventually won a penalty for his club, failing to score from the spot but following up on the rebound and opening his Manchester United account. In two games now, Sanchez has an assist and a goal, which is a great start. Long may it continue.

Match Statistics:

Goals: Romelu Lukaku 55′, Alexis Sanchez 68′

Assists: Juan Mata 55′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Matic, McTominay; Mata (Rashford 71′), Lingard (Pogba 64′), Sanchez; Lukaku (Martial 77′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Lindelof, Young; Carrick

Bookings: Juan Mata 27′, Alexis Sanchez 45+2′

Confirmed Starting XI: Rojo and Shaw return; Pogba drops to the bench, Jones dropped completely!

Manchester United face Huddersfield Town in the Premier League at Old Trafford this afternoon. David Wagner’s side were the first team to beat United in the league this season with Jose Mourinho looking for a response from that and the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday evening which saw Christian Eriksen score in the first 11 second of the match and Phil Jones score an own goal in the match.

This match will also mark the start of the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, which saw eight players killed on the 6th February 1958. United will be wearing black armbands for the match, the closest to be played at home around the anniversary of the tragedy. United owe it to the Busby Babes to put things right and send a message to the rest of the Premier League this afternoon.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw;

Matic, McTominay;

Mata, Lingard, Sanchez;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

Romero; Lindelof, Young; Pogba, Carrick; Martial, Rashford

Manchester United and Huddersfield Town have played 46 matches in the history of both clubs. The first match was played on the 13th January 1912 – a 3-1 victory to United in the FA Cup. United have won 20 times, drawing 15 times and losing just 11 times. United had gone 11 matches without defeat against Huddersfield, the first match being a 0-0 draw on the 31st October 1953 ending with a 2-0 victory almost twenty years later on the 11th March 1972. United played Huddersfield for the first time since that match earlier this season, losing 2-1. The last defeat previous to that was on the 22nd March 1952, Huddersfield winning 3-2 in that match.

Ratings: Marcus Rashford the man to inspire Manchester United in Huddersfield defeat

Manchester United were defeated 2-1 by Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was the first defeat for United this season and another extension of an unwanted record for Jose Mourinho. Whenever a team led by him is 2-0 down, that team have never won the match. United will need to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get ready for Swansea on Tuesday.

In the first half, United started well but in the 22nd minute, Phil Jones suffered yet another injury and was replaced by Victor Lindelof. United conceded the first goal five minutes after the change with Aaron Mooy creating the chance and receiving the ball to score past David De Gea, who had no chance to thwart the effort.

United had spent only two minutes behind this season, against Stoke City, but this was going to break that record. Laurent Depoitre doubled Huddersfield Town’s lead in the 33rd minute after a defensive effort by Lindelof gifted him the goal. United were two down without reply and the way United were playing, that was going to be the same at the end of the match.

Mourinho made two more changes at the start of the second half with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan replacing Anthony Martial, who was booked in the eighth minute, and Juan Mata both coming off. United had changed their formation with three at the back, Nemanja Matic shielding his defence, four across the midfield and two up front.

United seemed to be unable to defend when  Huddersfield were on the attack, which seemed like the majority of the game with United seemingly not getting much change to try to get them back into the game. Rashford scored for United in the 78th minute, assisted by Romelu Lukaku, but that was where it ended for United, in defeat – the first of the new Premier League season.

Goals: Marcus Rashford 78′

Assists: Romelu Lukaku 78′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones (Lindelof 22′), Smalling, Young; Herrera, Matic; Mata (Mkhitaryan 46′), Lingard, Martial (Rashford 46′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Blind, Darmian; McTominay

Bookings: Anthony Martial 8′, Ashley Young 62′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper made a save in the 28th minute of the match from Ince, conceding the first goal in the same minute then a second in the 33rd minute. Not had the greatest game when you think about the fact he's conceded twice. Has had little to content with though. May have picked up an injury late in the match.

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25 Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian got forward and helped the attack, but against Hiddersfield, it was pointless. United were off the boil and nothing could have helped them today. Getting Paul Pogba back cannot happen quick enough.

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4 Phil Jones

Jones' match had ended in the 22nd minute after he suffered another injury, replaced by Lindelof. Not good for United to have so many players on the injury list which leaves a massive void on the pitch. It was a shame as he was on top of his game before the injury.

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Chris Smalling

Smalling started the game well but after Jones limped off, he was not playing to the best of his abilities. Had the chance to equalise late in added time, but his effort was defended well.

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18 Ashley Young

The former England international got forward at times from the left-back position, that being swicthed to a wing-back in the second half. Had the chance to score, but was wide of the mark. Not a great day for United.

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21 Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder struggled to get into the game during the first half. With a fit Pogba, it is hard to see where Herrera fits in. Had a header which was saved and played as a makeshift defender in the three at the back formation in the second half.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian again showed why United have spent the money on him. United conceded twice quickly, but it was Matic spurring on his teammates. Had the chance to equalise before the break but his shot was deflected.

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8 Juan Mata

Dd not have the best of halves against Huddersfield. United seemed to have a collective off day with Mata hooked at half time, replaced by Mkhitaryan. Lost the ball too many times. Hard to see where he fits into a fully fit United team after today's performance.

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14 Jesse Lingard

His direct running caused some problems for Huddersfield, but the lack of support was a problem. Lingard could have been more of a problem for his opposition. United may have won if things were different.

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9 Anthony Martial

Martial was booked in the eighth minute of the match, tried to help United attack but was not as effective as he could have been. Hooked at half time and replaced by Rashford. Not sure Mourinho will have seen the best of the Frenchman in this match. Needs to forget the petulance and get on with his football.

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Romelu Lukaku

Seemed unable to get something from the game. Huddersfield defended deel after going 2-0 up. Tired in the second half. Provided the assist for Rashford as United looked to start the comeback, but it was not meant to be.

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Substitutes

2 Victor Lindelof

Not a good start by Lindelof in the Premier League, making a defensive error and gifting Huddersfield their second goal of the match. Still, Evra and Vidic were poor at the start of their United careers. Many will be blaming him when United as a whole were off the boil, again.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Not sure he got all that involved after he replaced Mata. Needs a rest as he seems to be running on empty. United need players who are fit, not overused. May need to throw the Carabao Cup in order to habve a fit side to face Spurs next weekend.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Scored United's only goal of the game. Tried to turn the tide from his introduction. Seemed to be the only player playing for the badge with his urgency and constant threat, even off the ball. Other may have seen it differently.

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